Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 13

Feb. 13, 1905 - John B. LaBree, a pioneer of Crookston and founder of Thief River Falls, died in Crookston at noon today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nat Campbell. The LaBrees were pioneers of Minnesota, his father John B. LaBree, Sr., having taken a homestead 52 years ago, which now comprises a portion of the city of St. Paul. John B., Jr., resided in St. Paul for many years and later moved to Crookston, where he was the first city marshal under Capt. E. C. Davis’ administration when Davis was the first mayor of Crookston.

LaBree became interested in real estate and built several residences, residing himself in the home that is now owned and occupied by Judge R. J. Montague, which is near the beautiful home of his daughter. In 1881 LaBree moved his family from Crookston and took up residence on a homestead where Thief River Falls is now located, and started a hotel there, which was the nucleus of the present city, nearly all of which is located on land included at that time in the LaBree homestead. Mr. and Mrs. LaBree reared a family of 12 children, who grew to manhood and womanhood in Polk and Red Lake Counties. Mrs. LaBree died in 1896. All their children are still alive.

The Saint Paul Globe; Feb. 14, 1905; p. 5.

The Thief River Falls News; “Death of a Pioneer. John B. LaBree Died Monday Noon in Crookston.”; Feb. 16, 1905; p. 1.



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